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Exhibition of the week
Oscar Murillo: Frequencies
The 2019 Turner Prize co-winner is exhibiting works he commissioned from children at 350 schools in 30 countries. Is Murillo the new Dubuffet?
Artangel at Cardinal Pole School, Hackney, London, July 24 to August 30.
The West Country connections of the great Enlightenment portrait painter who founded the Royal Academy are revealed in Family & Friends: Reynolds in Port Eliot, showing in the town where he was born.
The Box, Plymouth from July 24 to September 5.
Alison Watt: a portrait without resemblance
Scotland’s most talented contemporary painter responds to 18th century portraits of Allan Ramsay with precise images of flowers.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, until January 9.
Ian Hamilton Finlay: Martin
An exploration of the Scottish poet and dark, meditative concept artist’s fascination with the sea.
City Arts Center, Edinburgh, until October 3.
Jean Dubuffet: brutal beauty
This explosive encounter with the hilarious and deep genius who invented art brut is the exhibition of the year. If you haven’t seen it yet, GO.
Barbican, London, until August 22
Image of the week
Bernardo Bellotto, Canaletto’s nephew and pupil, channeled his master’s Venetian magic in these five sublime views of a fortress deep in Germany, exhibited at the National Gallery in London.
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What we have learned
The notes left on Marcus Rashford’s disfigured fresco must be preserved …
… and a powerful memorial to the victims of Covid was created in London
The National Gallery in London buys Thomas Lawrence’s Red Boy for £ 9.3million
The loss of World Heritage status has highlighted the redevelopment of Liverpool …
… while Highways England may need to restore a Victorian bridge arch filled with concrete
The tallest apartment building in the EU has been completed in Benidorm …
… but eye-catching new buildings will be rare at the opening of the Tokyo Olympics
Cuts in funding for university art courses in England will continue …
… Artists in Great Britain do not have freedom of expression…
… Especially in Southend-on-Sea, where a work of art on British ‘nuclear colonialism’ has been removed
Elsewhere in Essex is a coastal art trail …
… While Menorca’s newest art gallery has a whiff of Somerset
Sophie Taeuber-Arp is the great little-known modernist …
… and Phyllida Barlow is on the run again – at Highgate Cemetery
Four decades of British youth are captured in Youth Rising in the UK: 1981-2021
The Folkestone Triennial is rich in entertainment and truths at home
Over 100 ‘invisible’ drawings by Hokusai will be exhibited at the British Museum
Photographer Sophia Spring captured London’s green spaces during the lockdown
Community museums have been shortlisted for the UK’s most lucrative art award …
… While all the major museums want Pope.L’s guerrilla genius.
Coby Kennedy made a plexiglass cell to show where a teenager was imprisoned on Rikers Island, New York…
… While Felipe Dana photographed the silent children of Gaza
Silo art transformed the Australian outback into a vast open-air gallery
Stephen Doyle’s sculptures make new use of books
Masterpiece of the week
Goya, a scene from the bewitched by force, 1798
It’s just a game. It’s not true. Do not worry. So, you might be saying to yourself while watching this scene from a Spanish drama in which a man is tricked into thinking that he will die if he lets his lamp go out. Goya, who made his fortune in the late 18th century by drawing tapestries and painting portraits, captures comedy in the bright, intense colors that made him fashionable. But something is wrong. These spectral donkeys appearing – are they really just landscapes? Goya makes the flame of the lamp intense and hot, as if it were the only light in the world. It’s the uncomfortable joke of an artist whose nightmares were all too real. In a few years, the Napoleonic wars will plunge Spain into a cruel anarchy and Goya will paint the terrifying frescoes of madness, superstition and witchcraft known as his Black Paintings. Here he peeks behind the curtain in the dark.
National Gallery, London.
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